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The European Festivals Association's Arts Festivals Summit 2018

The European Festivals Association's Arts Festivals Summit 2018 will take place from 11 to 14 April in Ljubljana (Slovenia). Hosted by the Ljubljana Festival, the Summit will include the 66th EFA General Assembly, EFFE MeetUp and the opening of the Slovenian Music Days.
Find out what this year's summit has in store for you and register now!

Inspiring conversations

12 April - In conversation about... is a series of parallel one-on-one conversations inspired by presentations on topics related to audience development in cultural heritage sites on the one hand, and our responsibility to contribute to the heritage of the future on the other. Each conversation on stage will be followed by table discussions among the participants.

We're happy to announce the first speakers' couples and topics!

Spectators or collaborators?
A conversation about the ways of engaging audiences in an artistic experience.

Airan Berg is Artistic Director of the Festival der Regionen and of the Orfeo & Majnun - Interdisciplinary & intercultural participatory Music Theater Project.

Dieter Boyer is Senior Advisor to the City Councillor and State Minister for Arts, Science and Sports of Vienna.

The European Commission in the AFS

We are very honoured to have the European Commission represented during the Summit.

Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit DG EAC D2 Culture & Creativity, Creative Europe

Catherine Magnant, Advisor, Head of the Task-Force of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, European Commission

Artistic Programme

Ballet 100 at SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana - Thursday, 12 April, 19:30

In 2018, the SNG - Opera Balet Ljubljana celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the Ljubljana’s professional Ballet Ensemble, with a new staging of a ballet triptych – an evening of choreographers, whose oeuvres have preciously enriched Slovenian ballet art in the past. This event will be a first in a series of various thematic commemorations, dedicated to this rather significant milestone in Slovenian cultural space.

How to get to Ljubljana

Book you flights now as flying to Ljubljana is relatively expensive. Ljubljana airport is located just 30 minutes away from the city center. It can be an option to fly to Trieste (90 km) or Zagreb (140 km).
The conference hotel is Grand Hotel Union, you can book your accommodation here through the online registration form. More practical details are available on the website.

Don't forget to download the Summit App !

Once registered, you are able to access the Arts Festivals Summit information on the Whova App!
We will not only save trees but it gives you a more interactive conference experience!
You will there find information, but also be able to connect with other attendees and schedule personal meetings during the AFS 2018.

Download the app here: Android, iOS

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is the umbrella organisation for arts festivals across Europe and beyond.
Over 65 years, EFA has grown into a dynamic network representing about music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary festivals, national festival associations and cultural organisations from 40 countries. EFA works closely with its partners: The Festival Academy, the European House for Culture, and A Soul for Europe. In 2014, EFA launched EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, which unites almost 1000 festivals from across Europe.

The activities in the EFA RISE 2 project are implemented with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

European Festivals Association (EFA),
Sainctelette Square 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium,
+32 2 644 48 00,,

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